classical music

Lia Uribe, an associate professor in the University of Arkansas Music Department, says it's a busy week for music on campus. Highlights include new music performed by the University Symphony Orchestra and a concert featuring a solo clarinetist.

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We’re launching a new segment this week that focuses on classical musical performances in our listening area. Lia Uribe, an associate professor in the University of Arkansas music department, is curating these segments, which will highlight the diversity of offerings in the region, as well as explore the intersectionality of music and art. We recently sat down with Lia to learn more about her career and the influence music has had on her life.

Violinist Itamar Zorman navigated exotic Israeli scales and modes to release his newest album “Evocation,” which highlights distinctive works by German-born Israeli composer Paul Ben-Haim.

“There is a really delicate but wonderful balance between the emotional content and the technical form of the piece, and the analytical part of it,” Zorman explains about reflecting Ben-Haim’s multi-cultural influenced compositions.

The possibilities of artistic expression are limitless with every piece of music, but composer and pianist Craig Swanson took it to another level with the release of his album “The French Suite Kit.”

Swanson was inspired by pianist Glenn Gould to create multiple unique variations of Bach’s French Suite No. 4 in Eb Major, giving listeners more control over how they prefer to hear Bach expressed.

The Fort Smith Symphony’s upcoming season promises film scores and more, but it’s not your average John Williams programming. Music Director John Jeter picked film scores of Hans Zimmer and Bernard Herrmann to take center stage.

“Now, there is a whole series of composers who have kind of taken over that mantel, and we wanted to kind of celebrate that different approach to film scoring,” Jeter says.